Painkillers Inhibit Bone Healing

Painkillers known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) continue to be prescribed for patients with healing fractures even though these drugs diminish bone formation, healing, and remodeling. A new review of these drugs has further confirmed this finding. COX-2 inhibitors, a type of NSAID, may also have a negative effect on ligament healing. Two years ago I also posted a study showing that two painkillers, Vioxx and Celebrex, could impair bone healing. So if you have a fractured...

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